Thigh/Buttock lift/Lower Body Lift The Woodlands
What Is A Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is also known as a thighplasty.
Who Benefits From A Thigh Lift
Clients with excess, loose skin and fat on the inner or outer thigh area will benefit from a thigh lift. This operation is commonly done for massive weight loss patients but can also be done in patients who have always been a normal weight but have problem areas in the inner or outer thighs. Weight loss patients should have a stable weight for at least a year prior to undergoing this operation as future weight loss after the surgery could lessen the cosmetic results.
Thigh Lift Surgery
All smokers should stop at least two months before the operation in order to lessen your risk of complications. A test may be done on the day of surgery to confirm that you have not been smoking prior to your surgery. Any prescription or over-the-counter medication that can cause post-operative bleeding should be stopped at least two weeks prior to the operation if approved by your prescribing physician.
In clients that have good skin elasticity, liposuction can be performed alone with good results in this area. Sometimes, liposuction will be used in conjunction with a thigh lift to get the optimal result.
Most thigh lifts only involve a medial (inner) thigh lift. The incision and scar will be in the groin area. In individuals with excess skin and fat that goes all of the way down to the knee, the incision/scar will be carried down the inside of the upper leg to just above the knee. If a lateral (outer) thigh lift is needed, the incision/scar will extend from the groin and around the hip.
In both types of thigh lifts, the incisions are made and the excess skin and fat is removed. If done alone, this operation is usually performed in an outpatient surgery center with the client going home the same day. The operation usually takes between two to four hours.
Thigh Lift Post-Operative Care
Surgical drains will be left in place. The drains are used to remove any post-operative bleeding or fluid accumulation that can occur in the post-operative period. You will also have compression wraps around your legs. You should keep your legs elevated on pillows as much as possible to decrease the swelling. A prescription for narcotic pain medication will be given to you. You will have significant bruising and swelling and this should improve in three to four weeks. You will be asked to start ambulating the night of surgery and to only have minimal physical activity (i.e. walking only) for the first two weeks. The first follow-up appointment will be between five to seven days. The surgical drains may be removed at that time, depending on how much fluid is being drained but they will usually be left in longer. All of the sutures are buried and do not need to be removed. Clients can typically return to light duty/work in two weeks. You should be able to return to full activity and exercise in six to eight weeks.
Potential Complications From A Thigh Lift
Complications can include post-operative bleeding (hematoma), infection, wound healing problems, or the development of seromas (fluid collection) in the leg that may need to be drained in the office.
Unfavorable results can include under-correcting the cosmetic problem and potentially needing revision surgeries.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery offer top-notch service for thigh lift clients in The Woodlands and Houston, Texas area.
What Is A Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift is also known as a belt lipectomy. However, a lower body lift can also involve one or both of the following individual procedures: thigh lift (thighplasty) and buttock lift (gluteoplasty). See the links to those procedures for details. However, with a traditional belt lipectomy the client also will benefit from a cosmetic effect that is the same as having a traditional thigh lift and buttock lift.
Who Benefits From A Lower Body Lift
Clients that can benefit from this operation are those with loose, redundant skin around their lower abdomen that extends around to the back area. Clients that have had massive weight loss (such as gastric bypass/gastric sleeve patients) may also benefit from this operation as they often times end up with very loose, hanging skin around their lower abdomen, flanks, and back.
Lower Body Lift Surgery
Smokers should quite at least two months prior to the operation. Although still at an increased risk of complications, stopping will slightly decrease your risk. If available, a test will be done on the day of surgery to ensure that you have not been smoking prior to your surgery. All blood thinning and anti-platelet medications should be stopped at least two weeks prior to the surgery once approved the doctor that prescribed them.
An incision, and therefore the scar, is placed all of the way across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. The incision then extends around the hips to the back to just above the top of the buttock. The scar is typically hidden by a bikini or swimsuit. Once the incision is made, excess skin and fat are removed and the incisions are closed.
The operation is typically performed in a hospital and will usually require a one to three day stay depending on the extent of the case. The operation can take from 3-6 hours.
Lower Body Lift Post-Operative Care
Surgical drains are left in place at the end of the operation. The drains are used to remove any post-operative bleeding or fluid accumulation that can occur in the post-op period. You will likely have a compression garment in place. A prescription for narcotic pain medication will be given to you for pain control once you leave the hospital. You should start ambulating the night of surgery and will only have minimal physical activity (i.e. walking only) for the first two to three weeks. The first follow-up appointment will be between five and seven days. The surgical drains are removed when the output goes down to an acceptable amount. All of the sutures are typically buried and do not need to be removed. Clients can typically return to light duty/work in two to three weeks. You should be able to return to full activity and exercise in six to eight weeks. It is important to understand that you may have swelling for several months.
Complications can include post-operative bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, or the development of seromas (fluid collection) that may need to be drained in the office.
Unfavorable results can include under-correcting the cosmetic problem and potentially needing revision surgeries to fix this.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery extend, to their clients, complete and high level care for lower body lift surgeries in The Woodlands and Houston, Texas area.